Unlike some of you lucky Puggies out there, I am not allowed to go to work with mum. Her job has some rule about no Pugs, or any other kind of dogs in the workplace.
Rules are made to be broken and sometimes luck is with me.
When I found out mum had to work on a Saturday, I was kind of bummed. That all changed when she pulled my leash out. We drove out to a park and then stood around for a long time. Eventually, some people came and stood with us. As they joined our little group, each person stooped to give me a little pat or two.
Some men were working, installing a big stone pillar. There was no pee-mail on it so as I watched the action, I still had no idea where it had come from or we were there with it.
Finally the men finished and left. And then mum brought the camera out. Imagine my surprise and upset when I was told to sit and be good while she pointed the camera at the stone pillar and some of the people who had been standing around with us!
I know! I couldn’t believe it either. A pocket full of liver treats and she’s photographing humans? Really?
Anyway, once the humans left, mum picked me up so I could get a better look at what all the fuss was about.
One of the aspects of mum’s work is a program called the Citizens Hall of Fame. It was established to recognize citizens who have made outstanding contributions the Winnipeg’s quality of life.
A bronze portraiture is created for each person inducted into the Citizens Hall of Fame and they are installed in the Assiniboine Park along a beautiful walkway. The artists who sculpt these busts are all local people who live in Winnipeg. It’s these bronze busts that make this program unlike any other in North America.
The man who was honoured this year was Harold Buchwald. He wasn’t a celebrity, He didn’t write great songs and he wasn’t a great sports star. What he did do was spend his life making Winnipeg a better place to live. It was because of his influence that the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is being build right here in Winnipeg and he co-founded the Arab-Jewish dialogue group. He used his influence and network of friends to help organizations and give them the break they needed to succeed. And he loved dogs – his son told me so. Here is a better biography than what I can tell you.
Harold Buchwald had the big sleep a few years ago. His wife and two sons had come out to see the bust installed, along with a few friends. Once mum explained why we were there and why she had to work on a Saturday, I was really glad I had been on my best behavior and hadn’t complained too much about having to sit still for a terribly long time.
Once all the humans were gone, leaving only mum and myself, I made one little request.